La Vela is anchored on Khao Lak’s most serene stretch of beach named Bang Niang. It is just an hour’s drive north of Phuket’s International Airport. Bang Niang beach is about 2.5 km north of Khao Lak beach, but it is an even quieter version of sandy bliss with more streamlined beaches and fewer people. Actually, this often overlooked barefoot beach escape is quietly redefining itself. Smart hotels and hipster cafes, food worth shouting about – all here, if you know where to look. This is Khao Lak as you have never seen it before!